Acrylic Horse Painting Abstract – Equestrian Art

Acrylic Horse Painting Abstract – Equestrian Art

okay awesome I’ve been wanting to try a
painting like this for a while to do it you’re gonna need a little canvas like
this it’s not the typical fluid painting or flow art type painting where you just
dump everything on the canvas this one we’re actually going to be
using just a little bit of parchment color to make a background that’s all
the brushings will be doing when I videotape the original one I was in a
real creative mode and I didn’t record the full process of the painting I just
recorded certain steps so what I did here was try and make another video that
mimicked the original one just so you could see what I did but it it still
shows you all the steps that I I did to go through that so I added a little bit
of Floetrol and a little bit of distilled water to my paint Floetrol
is a paint conditioner and you can find this at Lowe’s Home Depot some Walmart’s
and you can also order it on and it’s really nice to use because it
helps thin your paint but again it is a paint conditioner I think it helps your
paint lay a lot more flat to the surface and it helps on drying times and helps
keeps the paint more flexible so it doesn’t crack and “craze” and all that
and I wanted to tell you I won’t be adding any silicone to this paint it’s
just going to be the artist loft paint some liquitex paint and some liquitex
professional heavy body acrylic paints and these are gloss paints they’re not
matte finishes so let’s go through the array of colors I know it’s a lot but as
you can see it really does have a lot of colors in there
and that’s what makes us stand out so for the background there’s the coffee
latte in the parchment but artists loft and one this one it’s by a full cart and
for the main colors we have old gold but artist loft copper by liquitex
artist loft metallic bronze metallic orange cobalt blue metallic purple and
then we have our black and the red is by simply acrylic real blue by Apple Barrel
bimini blue and sweet potato and light yellow by Apple Barrel and some folk art
metallic blue one thing I recommend is using a lot of bold colors ones that are
going to really stand out so let’s get started little white
just right here and then back here but the horse is going to be out here so I
don’t have to worry about too much and then a little bit of the parchment color
out the air a little bit here it doesn’t have to be exact so I sped this part up
because I mean you pretty much know how to paint a background on a canvas and so
I did the coffee latte on the first background and then I came back over it
with the white because the coffee latte was way too dark so I made sure to come
back over it with some nice white and that way the horse had some really nice
contrast it’s time for the paint mix I’m gonna set the hairdryer on it
it’ll be noisy but that’s okay so now to the paint mixing I
just want to get a couple of the paint mixes going on here so I can show you
the mix select the copper the old gold these metallics the cobalt blue I’m not
gonna mix them with the Floetrol and all that I’m just gonna scoop them on in
certain areas like the orange we will want to have just a little bit of Floetrol in there and get some of the orange out the reason why I’m putting the Floetrol in here which Floetrol is a paint conditioner but the reason why I’m doing
that is see how thick this paint is it’s not gonna blow dry across and make those streaks unless it’s runny so we’re gonna want a
pretty good chunk of Floetrol near it’s still not that runny so just the
hair of distilled water we don’t want a too runny but we want it perfect okay…. next colors…. got some real blue going on this black…. I’m gonna have some black in here and I’m gonna scoop off of this but I’m
also gonna have some black in here this is gonna be so much fun I mean
seriously that last horse was so much fun I’m like ah
why didn’t I record the whole thing sometimes I admit I get a little bit
more creative when I’m off the camera just because I’m not as nervous not that
I’m really nervous on the camera you’ve just you’re trying to think of stuff to
say and all that so that’s what I’m talking about that’s what I’m talking
about these aren’t the best mixing cups but I
like them and all these paints are gloss none of
them are matte finish they’re gloss and you don’t want it to crack on you
because “crack kills” red I know I’ll definitely need this is getting hot in here I’m gonna
have to open up that window it’s like 24 degrees outside I don’t
know what it’s maybe it’s it’s warmer than that no wonder okay we got a bunch
of colors going already this color I can go and mix up in here this sweet potato excuse me I thought what the heck let’s go ahead
and do some yellow in there we’re not going to use that much of the
yellow book that mixes up a really nice okay all right so then I’m gonna make
sure that’s dry come back then we’ll start the horse first I’m gonna start
out just kind of eyeballing what some black just gonna make some ears here you can just kind of keep filling in and
filling in I don’t want that to be too thin because
I want this to be able to dry fast don’t worry about getting too much black
on there because there’s gonna be a lot of colors on top you do want to make
sure you get it on the side here what there’s gonna be color running over
there at you you get a little on your finger just wipe it right off as you can see the original horse that I
did looks more like a horse the one that I’m working on now looks more like a
donkey or a jackass you kind of want to get this right because it’s the whole
lead-up to your other colors alright let’s go ahead and do some
colors I’ll start out with some old gold here I’ll just push that on get it going
home and really there’s no rhyme or reason to
where things are just put it on now you don’t want to get too crazy with a
course but… I’m gonna do a little lie right there that’s probably plenty of the goal that
I need to do a little blue blues are my favorite colors if you
haven’t figured that out so what’s weird is when you first
starting this it it’s like oh my screwing things up work what’s going on
here but you’re not you’re being awesome
that’s what you’re doing so let’s see how I’m just dashing a little bit of
this blue in here because it’s kind of what I did there a little bit dashing
through the snow one-horse open sleigh excuse me and you can kind of get some
of those colors mixed a little bit if you want to I mean heck that’s just
gonna be awesome why not just run it that’s what I do
just will run it by red in here so there will be a little streak of the
neckline come on you… maybe that I just like it is… okay go for the metallic bronze oh I did it that way so we’re gonna come back and do the main
part right here it is it’s been a lot of time
on this one maybe like two hours so amount the garage as you can tell and
going to put on some seal coat on the horse and I will get down here and shake
up your hand first and this is rust-oleum painters touch 2X
ultra cover gloss clear it seals it protects and it revitalizes oh yeah talk
to me okay so I’m going to try and hold the camera like this so you can see what
goes on oh wait wait wait first I needed to make
sure the signature didn’t run so I was gonna do a tack coat okay… it looks..
appears to be okay.. come on baby don’t run on me okay that appears to be
alright I had some Sharpie ink earlier a few days ago and it ran and bled like
crazy okay so here we go I’m already running out of this brand you can see that or not this spring kind
of likes to beat up a little bit but then it lays down flat nice and flat oh it’s strong I won’t be able to stay out
here for very long at all getting ready to run okay oh that’s beautiful
“beaut-a-muss” (beautiful) I know what you’re thinking oh I could never do anything like that
yes you can you totally can’t if I can you can I really just started from a
horse outline and just started painting and the hairdryer thing that was a
complete accident I was trying to dry out some of the paint and some of this
paint down hair flew back and I was like hey this looks pretty cool so you can
totally do this just start it and you will love it if you mess up big deal
just start over I had to do that on one but anyhow thanks for watching.. visit for my photography

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Acrylic Horse Painting Abstract – Equestrian Art

  1. Megan Telliano says:

    How do you attach / mount the hairdryer? I tried using canned air and it was not successful lol.

  2. Lisa D says:

    Thank you for sharing your method. The most beautiful things in art comes from mistakes. And thank you for the encouragement ❤️. I’m picking up some Floetrol this week 😊

  3. Beth B says:

    Floetrol is available in Canada, at Dulux paint stores. A search will tell you Home Depot sells it, but ours didn't.

  4. Elizabeth Connor says:

    Athens dryer should not be on while you are talking- distracting

  5. Kelly daher says:

    whoa amazing .ty for sharing your art with us.also your very kind and inspirational.

  6. Donna Woodford says:

    Sound got soft on 2nd recording.

  7. StereotypicalOldhead says:

    Super dope bro… It inspired me to make my own. Thanks for the video

  8. Kellie Westley says:

    Now that's a painted horse. Lol yep my old mustache was a painted horse brown and white body with black main and tail . He was my best friend . Love your horse.

  9. ml benson says:

    I did love the video so much I liked and subscribed! You had good students … I know I would have taken the palette knife and helped Rachel but you just kept instructing …. great teacher!!

  10. deidre kelley says:

    I love your horse! It's really beautiful and it inspired me to try to make one for my mom since she loves horses. I actually did a pour for the horse and drizzled the mane. I chose green, pink, grey, and rose gold, since she likes pink and green. It turned out great! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. M66 says:

    What is the white Which you put with with the coffe color in the at first🤔? Is it white acrylic color?

  12. Kara Poole says:

    Hey! Loved this, I may try this on one of the cards I make.

  13. Chanel Ben says:

    As a senior Artist, I would definitely give you a thumb up and will subscribe to your channel for this amazing video and the way you are presenting it is just so great….
    Thanks a lot and keep up the great job Carl.

  14. Jessica crowsey says:

    I have tried to recreate this many times and can’t get it! It’s frustrating!! Yours looks amazing!

  15. Kefilwe Matome says:

    Omg I am Soooooo doin this….thank you

  16. Ron R says:

    They do sell respirators you know, Home Depot, Lowe's you know anywhere like that.

  17. Fran Johnson says:

    Thank you

  18. NicKullenNiksharStud says:

    Thanks for sharing your video, I love both paintings. N.K 🙂

  19. Maxwhite Dental says:

    It's amazing.. loving it 😍

  20. Lizzie says:

    Good job….!

  21. Toni Nelson says:

    Oh I love the colors!!!!!

  22. Jill says:

    Just amazing. Think a beginner could get good results starting with this? 🌸

  23. Lizabeth Garrett says:

    I understand why you use distilled water. My question is: Can you use boiled tap water? Also, I love your work and your humor and I think its so sweet teaching these children. Youre awesome!

  24. Tracy Perdue says:

    ♥️Love 💙 Love 💛Love❣️

  25. Joanne Gallery says:

    Love your sense of humor. Nice work.

  26. sylvia pineda says:

    Awesome, calif ,u.s.a.

  27. Cari Watrous says:

    It's hard to tell but I think you're mixing thicker than you would for a typical pour painting? You've created an amazing technique, I've been looking for ways to intermingle traditional painting and pour painting and yours rocks. Flattery is indeed the sincerest form of flattery – I see fish and kitties and …

  28. Kim Pando says:

    Thank you for sharing.❤️❤️❤️

  29. IvoryPearl says:

    Possibly could create a stencil first if you will make multiple similar originals

  30. Montze D says:


  31. Belle Larson says:

    What kind of credit do you want if an artist makes a piece for sale that is inspired by your video?

  32. C O'Nanski says:


  33. Leticia Aguirre says:

    “You don’t want it to crack on you because crack kills” LOL 😂. You made me laugh so hard man. Great vid. Thank you.

  34. Thelma Allen says:

    it surely is beautimus!!

  35. Thelma Allen says:

    your personality is great. .i love your conversation while you paint

  36. V A says:

    Hi Carl, thank you so much for sharing this video and inspiring so many to paint. I have tried this painting and would like to share it with you. Please let me know how I can do it. Thanks from India.

  37. Anna Kisseleva says:

    Amazing !

  38. Phyllis Lindeboom says:

    I Love It!

  39. Jaime Reynolds says:

    I watched this last night and liked it so much, that I drew the horse on a canvas. Just have to gather some paints 😋

  40. Mary Feeney says:

    why did you put the hair dryer on? what did you put it on?

  41. deepti goel says:

    What did u use while mixing

  42. GRA CIELA says:

    Este fue mi primer intento en este tipo de arte de caballo de acrílico abstracto, especialmente con un animal. Normalmente no dibujo ni pinto animales o temas alguna vez. Tuve esta idea y fui con ella. Como fui realmente creativo esa noche, no grabé todo el proceso, así que recreé el proceso para mostrarte.

    Pintado con pinturas acrílicas y Floetrol. Use un cepillo, un cuchillo, un secador de pelo y algunos palitos de artesanía para crear el caballo.

    ¡Esta pintura acrílica del caballo es una pintura acrílica maravillosa para principiantes! La gente ama el arte ecuestre o las pinturas de caballos. Este estilo abstracto impresionará a tus amigos.

  43. GRA CIELA says:

    FLOETROL ( PARA HISPANOS)Aditivo para revestimientos con agua: emulsiones, acrílicos, vinilos.
    Ayuda a que la pintura fluya mejor y su manejabilidad.
    Minimiza las marcas de brocha y rodillo.
    Aumenta el tiempo de apertura y facilita la aplicación.
    Ideal para efectos especiales.
    Evita las marcas de pincel especialmente en condiciones cálidas, soleadas y ventosas.
    Facilita y mejora la aplicación con pistola:
    Ofrece mayor flexibilidad de aplicación.
    Reduce la presión de pulverización hasta en un 20%
    Reduce el exceso de goteo – Menos residuos de pintura.
    Evita la obstrucción de la punta y el bloqueo del pistón.
    Lubrica las partes de la pistola y reduce su desgaste.

  44. Peaceful1 says:

    I am SO going to do my own thanks to your video! It inspired me! Thank you!

  45. Patty Greene says:

    Did u let the black dry before. Painting xolors

  46. Connie Greene says:

    What is the name of the spray you are using? I might have missed that somewhere.

  47. Rosa Larroza-Berrett says:

    Love love it ! You give me courage to do it!…. A question, how you position The hair dryer ? So can splash?

  48. Portrait art says:

    Danke. Its beautiful.

  49. Unicorn Fam says:

    So… I’m like I want to learn how to do this
    Scrolls down all the videos no tutorials when I came across this one I LOVED it

  50. Ana Rosa Garcia says:

    I like this painting, i going to try to do it. Wonderful

  51. Barbara Friedl says:

    Forgive me if you've already answered this, if so I cant find it. May I ask what size is that canvas please?

  52. Carolyn Noyer says:

    If you are concerned about talking, a lot of people don't talk, they just have music and just do whatever they do.

  53. Souhail Gh says:

    yes we can thx for you

  54. Adela Segura says:

    Amazing !!!
    . I would like to make an owl. I love owls…

  55. Vinetta Wallis says:

    I wanna make this for my grandma for xmas… she loves horses!! Xmas is tomarow I'm going to her house oh and wish me luck!….

  56. lil mo fan 4life 4EVA says:

    This is amazing buddy.. love it !! New subscriber 😎

  57. The Best is yet to come God is awesome says:

    😁You sound like a Texan!🐴 Nice painting! Love it! 🖌🎨😊

  58. Trina Herman says:

    This is amazing. I just came across your video. I'm wanting to do this on my coffee table. Do you think it could work? The coffee table is wood.

  59. dkorange75 says:

    Hi Carl – I came across a inspired equestrian art by a local artist. His Instagram post doesn't mention where he got the inspiration from. Personally, this local artist should have given credit – not passing it off as an original art. Thanks for doing your videos!

  60. Ash R says:

    Your original horse is good. Your second horse/donkey needs work. The reason that I think it didn't not come out as the first one is because you used the scapel in the second one when applying the black. Your strokes with the scapel are everywhere when doing the second painting. One the first painting you did a great outline of the horse, painted it the black with a paint brush shadowing in. Then your colorful strokes had movement they weren't just blocked. They also had direction they were going in a certain direction while the strokes on the second one are everywhere. As for the hair maybe you just needed to apply more paint? The two are so different…… Overall I liked your painting and might try it out.

  61. Erik Yunker says:

    this is like seeing people trying to recreate pintrest ideas. the first one was so good the recreate eh

  62. Paisley SpurStudios Amy Haid Spence fine art says:

    Great video!!! Thank you ! Do you think if you used a medium to make spatula marks or would mess up the flow?

  63. Danielle Smith says:

    Horses, love them, love this.

  64. Julien Scheuer says:

    I have done one can I Send it to you?

  65. Linda Masson says:

    I just love this

  66. Angela Saca, Arts 2020 says:

    Thx love ❤️

  67. formulaone07 says:

    Nice work! Out of curiosity, what's the benefit of using a sealer spray at the end? What's wrong with leaving the paint to dry as is?

  68. Hold Your Horses says:

    Nice techniques! Wish the horse's head was more anatomically correct, though… It bows where it should dip, and dips where it should bow… Jowl line is way off, nose line if off, etc. Horse people would notice for sure.

  69. jconearth says:

    Carl ! what is it with some of you artist – you are an awesome artist, BUT, brain dead when it comes to spraying VERY TOXIC VARNISH WITHOUT A PROPER MASK ! Not a very wise tutorial for others as well – i have been painting for years [ Art and commercially with vehicles etc ] and NEVER spray without the proper Chemical mask and even a small amount of this spray can and DOES cause cancer and other illnesses….i will not apologize for my somewhat nasty tone if i can get you and others to wear mask when spraying and possibly avoid the very real dangers with varnishes ; otherwise i appreciated your video .

  70. Painting For Beginners says:

    beautiful art ! i like your work

  71. Linda Doyle says:

    Hi did you spray that while it was still wet, Linda, in Dublin

  72. TheDonna860405 says:

    I love this you are amazing..question what brand of acrylics is best?

  73. Nita and John Wragg says:


  74. Doreen B says:

    Wow, WoW. this is so freakin' amazing. I got to try this. Thanks , and crack does kill. Roflmao

  75. Wendy St.Germain says:

    That’s really lovely!

  76. J.Cordeiro ArtStudio says:


  77. morandfm says:

    I am just curious. What is the avantage of using distilled water ?

  78. Linda DeFord Perry says:

    This was an enlightening video!! You did great explanations of mixing and showing the blow dryer trick added so much to the overall look of the painting. I am a newbie but I am going to try this one as one of my dearest friends has a horse farm and is devoted to their care. It will make a wonderful gift!! Pray for me as I walk through the shadow of lack of experience!! Thank you for sharing.

  79. Doug Cox says:

    "WOW" OMG You win best video on here !!!!!!! 👏👏👏👏👏👏 And you rock big time. I normally don't care for all the talking, but with you it was to funny 😂😂😂😂 in the best way ever. Thank you so much. Shirlene Cox

  80. Online College of Art and Design says:

    Great use of colours

  81. Diane Koss says:

    Carl you have inspired me. Doing my horse soon. I also suffer from chronic pain. Taking a back break right now. Looking forward to seeing more posts soon. I noticed you haven't been on in a while. Hoping your okay. Di 😊

  82. terrijo James says:

    I am going to do it….and I love your horse! I started pouring a couple months ago; and I am average when it comes to actual drawing… I made a few good ones (I am 61) but in school I got C's in art…No one tried to get me to do better. Thank you for your inspiration and video! I did an abstract yesterday for the first time and this man who used to own 2 art galleries….well you should have seen his eyes pop! He loved it!!! I live in an apt building….

  83. Fortunate Adventures says:

    Your channel showed up in my feed,Ive never seen this done before and your other pouring videos.Are so beautiful as on your back walls.New Subscriber😊👋

  84. Online College of Art and Design says:


  85. Sandra Ileana Flores Torres says:


  86. Mony Miller says:

    I…in …love! * * Going to try this and probably go insane during the first attempts, but I want this! ^^ Like your voice, btw!

  87. Cathy Brillhart says:

    What a terrific video. Thanks for sharing your process. Love the happy accident with the hair dryer. I sooooo am going to try this!!

  88. J.R. Templeton says:

    Love the painting. Hate the hairdryer.

  89. thecatatemyhomework says:

    Do you sell this horse painting?

  90. Rael Picot says:

    I can’t believe how pristine you keep your workplace! I use my kitchen (because I can’t eat any more) and the paint ends up everywhere! If I was working in such a small area the computer screen would need wiping off! My hairdryer was black but now it’s hard to find even a small black area – the buttons get crusted up sometimes 😂
    I love what you’ve created – it’s different from the random chaos of paint pouring and requires artistic talent that makes it yours.
    I’d have used a paint brush for the curve of the face and a palette knife for the rest. Brilliant result!

  91. Rael Picot says:

    Thanks for showing the gloss coat. Isn’t it expensive to use only spray? I use a foam brush and Liquitex high gloss varnish as I can get more than 40 coats for large and small canvases. I do put on four coats though but generally can get that many canvases covered from 8 ounces, because the 3rd and 4th coats only need a little gloss. It gives an almost resin like coating. Works for me though I do spray when I’m in a hurry. Thanks for sharing!

  92. Bianca Lauren Hendricks says:

    I don't know if it was intentional but what he said was hilarious! "looks like a horse but this looks like a donkey, or a jackass." I think it looked like a horse either way. Awesome pic!! And an even cooler person!

  93. One-Way Ministries says:

    So great! Thanks!

  94. Shehla Nany says:

    Wawooo its so amazing i it helped me alot ……..Asalamulalikum i m from Pakistan and i have tried little bit and i want to show my painting to you sir …..🥰

  95. ChinoFire710 says:

    Wow, amazing art. Just wondering what size canvas was used for this painting? Thanks, im hoping to try this method out & see the outcome.

  96. Auto Body Everything says:

    As a professional automotive painter and animal lover, I love it.

  97. Lyn Clarke says:

    What can I use instead of Floetrol. I'm in the Algarve and NOBIDY sells it here

  98. Jeremy Gibbon says:


  99. Tracey Hairgrove says:

    thats gorgeous

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